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Improvements needed at Shannon zone

HOME to over 100 companies and with more than 7,000 employees working there, Shannon Free Zone is one of the largest clusters of indigenous industry outside of Dublin. This week, former senator and county councillor Tony Mulcahy said he feels things are going in the right direction but local Councillor Gerry Flynn has far more reservations about what has been happening there. “Smithstown is full, you can’t get a place to park. There are a good few units available in the industrial estate but a lot of what is there is not great. That is a legacy issue, it wouldn’t exactly be a State secret. They have applied to build new units. The top two bays at the industrial estate have been flattened now, they are in for planning there for office space and small industry,” said Mr Mulcahy. He said, at the moment, because of a lack of improvements over a number of years, Shannon is not in a …

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New jobs at Atlantic Aviation

TEN new jobs have been created at Atlantic Aviation Group in Shannon, adding to an existing workforce of over 200 employees. HR and training director, Caoimhe O’Donnell said, “We are creating a new project team of licensed B1 and B2 engineers and aircraft mechanics, who will add extra strength and flexibility to our existing aircraft maintenance workforce, as the company continues to grow over the coming months and years.” The company are performing well, with expansion coming, according to CEO, Connor Flanagan. He added, “This is an exciting time to be joining our company. We are in discussions with a number of major airlines for multi-aircraft contracts for the rest of the year and beyond. In order to meet the increased demand for our services, we are looking to recruit talented and ambitious individuals, who will add to the experienced team that we currently have.” Formerly Transaero Engineering Ireland, Atlantic Aviation Group, purchased by Patrick Jordan in April of last …

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Madge strikes gold in New York

Madge O’Callaghan, who spent many years living in Shannon, was a gold winner at the New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs 2016. Madge is not a career broadcaster but her documentary My Uncle Jack, originally made just to record her family history, was picked up by RTÉ and has now been recognised globally. “These awards are given out to world-class radio programmes, documentaries and dramas in various different categories. It was in New York on June 20. I went over on the Monday and came back on the Wednesday, it was a quick trip. My brother Sean, who lives in Newmarket-on-Fergus, came with me and my daughter, Niamh, who lives in Sixmilebridge came with me as well,” she said this week. The subject of the documentary is her uncle, Jack Dowling, who is now 87 and based in Sheffield. Jack set a record for walking from Malin to Mizen Head and the documentary is about that feat, as well …

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Shannon Musical Society Take Two AIMS Awards

Shannon Musical Society took home two of the three awards they were nominated for at the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) annual music theatre awards, which were held in Killarney at the weekend. The society, which staged Legally Blonde this year, scooped the Spirit of AIMS award, the Jan Canavan Trophy, for the Delta Nu sextet as well as the Mary Kitt Trophy for Best House Management. Commenting on the portrayal of the Delta Nus, the judges said the “the joint effort from the director, the choreographer and the stage manager saw six highly talented young performers not only act, sing and dance brilliantly as a team but their choreographed scene changes were a superbly original and creative feature of the show”. Karen Barrett of the society was also nominated for the Mary Kelly Award, which is a special award for the great contribution a person has given to a society. There were 11 nominees in this award category and unfortunately Karen lost out on the overall award. The society have recently announced that their show for next year will …

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Shannon marks the summer solstice

Few people celebrate the summer solstice these days but a special event will take place in Shannon to mark it this occasion. “Shannon Mental Health Association and SkyCourt Shopping Centre are combining to hold a summer solstice event to promote positive mental health. It’ll be in the Food Court at SkyCourt on Monday, June  from 9pm until around 11.30pm. There will be music and entertainment and refreshment. “The idea is to promote good mental health. The solstice has been identified by Mental Health Ireland nationally so the Shannon branch is having this local event. People will be given cards and they can write their wishes for their mental health and well-being on them for the coming year,” Tony McMahon, PRO of the Shannon Mental Health Association, outlined. Tony added, “It’s a social event, a sort of a get-together, a celebration of mental well-being. There won’t be anything therapeutic but there will be information available about Mental Health Ireland.” Speaking about the Shannon …

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Lovely hurling at Clare schools finals

The were some very exciting contests at the Clare Primary Schools hurling and camogie finals in Cusack Park, Ennis on Tuesday and Wednesday. The competition is sponsored by The Clare Champion. For the children, it was a great experience to play in the county grounds, and many spoke of their wish to play there for their clubs in the future. Pupils from all of the schools were there to lend support, along with parents and family members. St Conaire’s, Shannon co-ordinated this year’s programme and will continue to due so for the next two year. The school’s former principal, John O’Byrne was the MC, announcing the schedule for games and the results.   Photos from Tuesday 14th June:   Photos from Wednesday 15th June:  

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Workforce changes expected at Shannon firms

WHILE Intel will not comment on how their redundancy programme will affect its Shannon operation, it is expected that job losses are likely to be proportionate to the numbers going throughout the company. Intel is laying off 11% of workers around the world and there are around 250 employees in Shannon. An Intel spokesperson said on Wednesday that voluntary redundancy will be available to people within certain criteria, while information on job losses at their individual sites is not currently available. Shannon is a core European research and development site for Intel’s communications and intelligent systems businesses. The company first came to Shannon in 2000, when there were around 40 employees. The work at Shannon is highly skilled, with 95% of workers there educated to third level or higher. According to its website, there are three main focus areas in Shannon: communications and storage infrastructure group, automotive solutions division and a retail solutions division. Accounts filed at the end of last …

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Serious incidents in Shannon

TWO people have been arrested following an incident at a funeral in Shannon on Sunday, while parish priest Fr Tom Ryan said lives could have been lost but for the intervention of the gardaí. Martin ‘Red Breast’ McDonagh died last Wednesday night and was reposing in Shannon on Sunday before his funeral, which took place in Ballyhaunis, County Mayo on Monday. It is understood that a row broke out close to Ss John and Paul Church, in which a number of people, associated with two separate families, were involved. No arrests were made in relation to this. Shortly afterwards, one vehicle rammed into another at traffic lights close to Aidan Park. Another vehicle, owned by a party not connected with the dispute, was also damaged. A vehicle was seized at the Old Lodge shortly afterwards and one person arrested. A second person was subsequently arrested. Speaking on Monday, Fr Ryan said, “The first thing I’d like to do is extend …

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